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Is Agriculture EXEMPT from OSHA?

Posted by Marty Huseman on Sep 19, 2017

Many people may assume that agriculture in general is exempt from OSHA standards. The truth is agriculture is not exempt from OSHA.  However, there is a small farms exemption. Understanding the exemption could be vital to your operation. Before we get into the exemption, lets first examine the General Duty Clause as it sets up the framework for understanding who is and who isn’t covered.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Exemptions, OSHA Exemption, Agriculture Exemption, Small Farm Exemption, Exemption

Agriculture Is On OSHA's Radar--Are You Prepared?

Posted by Don Tyler on Aug 3, 2017

If you have a dairy operation in Wisconsin or upstate New York, or a pork production facility in Minnesota, or a feedlot in the plains states, you know that OSHA has been looking at you with greater intensity.   Other parts of the country are seeing similar increases in inspection activity.  States with their own OSHA agencies have regulations that are more strict than those of federal OSHA.  With Agriculture being the last high-risk industry that they haven’t targeted for significant improvements, it’s only logical that they would go here next.  Additionally, it is now commonplace for a disgruntled former employee to report specific infractions to these agencies in retaliation for perceived unfairness or mistreatment.  If you aren't compliant, just think of that inspector going through your operation with a checklist, ringing up expenses to you faster than a teenage girl using dad's credit card to shop for the prom. 

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance, OSHA Inspections, OSHA Regulations

No OSHA Regulation? General Duty Clause Says You Might Still Be Liable

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 22, 2017

What do driving ATVs, handling livestock pharmaceuticals and operating a dump trailer all have in common?

None of them has a formal OSHA safety standard. 

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Topics: OSHA, Ag Safety Program, General Duty Clause

OSHA Training Requirements:  Is Your Business Compliant?

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 13, 2017

With limited specific OSHA training regulations for agriculture, you might think that you have covered all your bases in your safety training and meeting OSHA's training requirements. On the contrary, staying current on all OSHA requirements is an ongoing project for you and your safety team.

Safety issues must become a top priority. That means creating a strategy that safeguards your employees and managers safety and fosters a solid expectation for everyones complete compliance with OSHA guidelines. These goals will help establish the foundation of a safety culture that, in turn, could lead to higher productivity and profits for your operation. 

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training Requirements, Ag Safety

AG SAFETY AND OSHA: 5 BASICS EVERY FARM SHOULD KNOW

Posted by Good Day's Work on May 16, 2017

Every farm needs an ag-safety program that complies with OSHA regulations, and your boss selected you to lead the project. You are definitely up for this new challenge. Although you know how important safety and health are to the longevity and success of the farm, you see just one, small problem—you don’t have time to become an OSHA expert.

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Topics: OSHA, Ag Safety, Ag Safety Program

Agriculture Is On OSHA's Radar - Big Time!

Posted by Don Tyler on Dec 27, 2016

If you have a dairy operation in Wisconsin or upstate New York, or a pork production facility in Minnesota, or a feedlot in the plains states, you know that OSHA has been looking at you with greater intensity.  Sources close to the agency tell us that OSHA has focused on the chemical industry, manufacturing and construction over the last 30 years and feel that they now have those industries well-established with clear protocols and robust monitoring.  With Agriculture being the last high-risk industry that they haven’t targeted for significant improvements, it’s only logical that they would go here next.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training, OSHA Compliance, Insurance

An OSHA visit: the worst day of your business

Posted by Don Tyler on Dec 13, 2016

Many things can happen in an ag business to make it a really bad day, and one of the worst might be a day that OSHA decided to stop by for an unannounced audit.  For some businesses that have regular inspections it may not be a major event, but for most operations it could be an expensive review.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Violations, OSHA Compliance, OSHA Inspections

OSHA Training Requirements: Is Your Farm Safety Ready?

Posted by Good Day's Work on Dec 8, 2016

With so few official OSHA training regulations for agriculture, you might think that you have covered all your bases in your farm-safety training and meeting OSHA's training requirements. On the contrary, staying current on all OSHA requirements is an ongoing project for you and your safety team.

Safety issues must become a top priority. That means creating a strategy that safeguards your employees and managers safety and fosters a solid expectation for everyones complete compliance with OSHA guidelines. These goals will help establish the foundation of a safety culture that, in turn, could lead to higher productivity and profits for your farm. 

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Training Requirements, Ag Safety

lockout/tagout (loto): in osha's top 5 most cited violations

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 9, 2016

5 STEP PLAN  -  MOST SECCESSFUL PROGRAMS HAVE AT LEAST THESE 5 ELEMENTS TO THEIR PLAN:

When you’re that “person” responsible for servicing or maintaining a piece of equipment, you want “peace of mind” knowing that nobody could or any situation could accidently startup that equipment while you’re working on it. The consequences of unexpected startup or a release of energy to employees can result in irreversible damage such as electrocution, crushing, cutting, burns, amputation and yes even death. Every employer must protect their employees with a LOTO program that ensures their safety. A LOTO program is not complicated to develop and implement, in fact there is plenty of help from OSHA and other sources to help you implement a program to protect your employees and your business.

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Topics: OSHA, Plan, LOTO, Lockout/Tagout

No OSHA Regulation? General Duty Clause Says You Might Still Be Liable

Posted by Good Day's Work on Jun 7, 2016

What do driving ATVs, handling livestock pharmaceuticals and operating a dump trailer all have in common?

None of them has a formal OSHA safety standard. 

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Topics: OSHA

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